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2015 Texas Longhorns Football Recruiting: Florida 4* WR John Burt Commits To Horns

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Texas pulls a good one from the heart of SEC country and FSU's backyard.

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WR John Burt committed to Texas, bringing the Longhorns to 13 commitments in a 2015 class that will go to 25-28 commitments.  And this commitment won't draw any "Three Star Charlie!" heckles.  Burt is a lanky consensus four star wide receiver from Tallahassee, Florida with offers from...well, everyone.


He also has some nice HUDL film here.

Burt, seemingly like every Strong recruit, has a great frame that he's 25 pounds from filling out to its final college form, good quickness and good position specific athletic ability.  The lanky 6-3, 180 pounder isn't a burner (4.55 to 4.60), but his loping, gliding stride eats up grass deceptively and he has excellent body control.  Reminds me of a slower Martavis Bryant from Clemson.  Turning in a 4 flat shuttle time and a 36 inch vertical leap at The Opening gives you some insight into his athletic ability.  It ain't all about 40 times.

Burt has an impressive ability to locate and win footballs, uses his height and long arms to own the red zone and he'll have enough quickness in his breaks to get some separation in the intermediate passing game once he learns to run proper routes and sink his hips.  Placing him in single coverage and ignoring him probably isn't a great idea for a defense's health.  He looks like the outside receiving solution that the Longhorns sorely need.  I think he'd benefit immensely from a redshirt and a couple of years of coaching - I don't see him as an immediate impact freshman phenom unless his senior year demonstrates ascension to a whole 'nother level.

I don't want to read too much into highlights, but the effort he gives on a blocked field goal at 2:29 tells me a little bit about his mindset.  Selfishness is pretty much expected in a WR, but going balls out on a kick block offers a small smidgen of insight into his mindset as a football player.

From a big picture perspective, this reconfirms the staff reputation that they will tirelessly recruit the country to find the athletes they prize.  Strong and his staff found themselves well behind the recruiting cycle on 2015 in-state WR studs (playing catch-up to the Aggies and Baylor) and their ability to expand the recruiting frontiers to find equal or better quality elsewhere is impressive.

Very nice addition to the 2015 class.